We enjoyed this dish for dinner tonight. And I do mean enjoyed! This recipe has been in the queue for a while but we’re only now getting around to trying it. It was so good and only 45 minutes from start to finish and that includes boiling and mashing potatoes. The pork itself could probably be cooked in less than 20 minutes.
The beautiful thing about this dish is that it’s quick and easy for any night but would also be an elegant dish for company.
I loved the sauce. We cooked it with only 1 pork tenderloin (just the two of us tonight). I think if I was cooking up 2 tenderloins, I’d be tempted to double the sauce. This sauce would be wonderful with chicken or beef, as well.
Definitely worth the trip to the liquor store to pick up some Marsala! This will go into regular rotation in our house.
Pork Medallions with Mushroom Marsala Sauce
Summary: This dish is quick and easy enough for weeknight dinners but elegant enough for company. The sauce is equally nice with chicken or even beef medallions. You’ll cook everything in a frying pan over high heat, so it cooks up quickly. I recommend having all the ingredients measured and at the ready though, before you start.
- 2 lb. pork tenderloin (about 2 tenderloins)
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter
- 2 medium shallots, finely diced
- 12 oz. cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced (or regular button mushrooms are just fine)
- 1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup dry Marsala
- 1 cup homemade or low-salt chicken broth
- 3 Tbsp. heavy cream (or half and half 10% cream, for a lighter dish or in a pinch, sour cream)
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- Trim the tenderloins of silverskin and any excess fat. Cut the tenderloins into 2-inch-thick medallions. Place medallions flat on a cut side and press down with the palm of your hand to flatten slightly. Season the meat with salt and pepper.
- Heat oil and 1 Tbsp. of the butter in a large sauté pan over high heat. When the butter is melted and foaming, add half of the meat and sear until browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip and cook the other side until the meat is well browned and slightly firm to the touch, about another 2 min. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining pork.
- Melt the remaining 2 Tbsp. butter in the pan. Add the shallots and a pinch of salt and sauté for about 30 seconds, using a wooden spoon to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Add the mushrooms and sauté until all of the mushroom liquid has evaporated and the mushrooms are golden, about 3 minutes. Sprinkle with the flour and add the Marsala. Stir Once the Marsala has almost completely evaporated, add the chicken broth and cook, until reduced by half, about 3 minutes. Stir in the cream and parsley. Return the pork and any accumulated juices to the pan, and cook, flipping the pork once, until it’s firm to the touch and still a little pink in the middle (cut into a piece to check), 2 to 4 min. Taste for salt and pepper and serve.
Number of servings (yield): 4
From Fine Cooking May 2004 | Photo